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WVU will Honor State, Veterans with Special Uniforms Saturday

Cody Nespor

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Saturday’s game against Texas Tech is full of opportunities for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

It is an opportunity for the team to break a four-game losing streak and win for the first time since Sept. 21, it is an opportunity to play at home in front of the Mountaineer fans for the first time since Oct. 12 and it is an opportunity for the team to pay respect to a special group of West Virginians.

“There’s a lot going on this week,” head coach Neal Brown explained. “We’ve got Mountaineer Week on campus, it’s true blue for all our fans and then, most importantly, it’s military appreciation day. It’s a day where we’re going to honor our state’s veterans with Veteran’s Day coming on Monday following the game.”

To go along with both the true blue game and military appreciation day, WVU has broken out some special uniforms for Saturday.

This will be the first time this season the Mountaineers will wear the blue helmet, blue jersey and blue pants combination, to match all the blue fans will be wearing in the stands. The American flag cutout of the state on the sides of the helmet are a tribute to all of WV’s veterans.

Along with the uniforms, WVU will have two honorary captains for Saturday.

“We’ll have two honorary captains,” Brown said. “Fred “Boom Boom” Smalls, who I watched clips of earlier today sacking Doug Flutie so I think our fans will have some fond memories of him, and former U.S. Army Specialist Ted Daniels.”

Smalls played linebacker for the Mountaineers from 1981-85, racking up 200 total tackles in his career. Daniels played guard on the offensive line in the mid-nineties.

Kick-off against the Red Raiders will be at noon in Milan-Puskar Stadium and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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